Wiretap Bill Gets Third Degree

    Date26 Sep 2001
    CategoryPrivacy
    3263
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    President Bush's proposal to permit Internet surveillance without a court order drew sharp questions from senators on Tuesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary committee appeared divided over whether the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act (MATA), which the Justice Department sent to Congress . . . President Bush's proposal to permit Internet surveillance without a court order drew sharp questions from senators on Tuesday. Members of the Senate Judiciary committee appeared divided over whether the Mobilization Against Terrorism Act (MATA), which the Justice Department sent to Congress this week, was a vital anti-terrorism measure or an infringement of privacy. It wasn't a partisan split: Left-leaning Dianne Feinstein of California and conservative icon Chuck Grassley of Iowa both wondered during Tuesday's hearing whether the administration's bill could be reworked -- just a bit -- to resolve some of their worries.
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